Hollywood Academy calls for release of Iranian film-makers
20-Oct-2011 (3 comments)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has led Hollywood industry organisations in calling for the release of jailed Iranian film-makers.

Six independent documentary makers whose films have appeared on BBC Persian TV were arrested in September.

Actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been imprisoned and sentenced to 60 lashes for being in a film critical of Iran.

The groups have also condemned the continued house arrest of Jafar Panahi for making a film about Iranian unrest.

BBC Persian TV, which can be accessed through satellite TV, is aimed at Farsi speakers, mainly in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

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G. Rahmanian


by G. Rahmanian on

Let's say IR has about 5 million "supporters" altogether. The rest of Iran's population, that is 70 million Iranians are simply taken hostage by the criminals ruling the country. Let's hope soon all of them will be freed.

Darius Kadivar

Your Welcome Anahid Jaan

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Anahid Hojjati

Thanks Darius, this is good that Hollywood

by Anahid Hojjati on


 is supporting the artists in Iran. This is part of your posting:"In a statement, the Academy said that, before the release of these two, all six had been denied access to their lawyers and families « who were forced to remain silent ».

« These film-makers – and others – are artists, not political combatants, » it went on."

The fact that these film makers and others are not political combatants is important. This is what Nasrin Setoodeh's husband also talked about in his recent interview that his wife was a lawyer . However,  IRI has been putting in jail all kinds of people including lawyers, film makers, economists, etc.

Thanks Darius for posting this news item.